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8 Types Of Ducks In Cricket

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8 Types Of Ducks In Cricket

  • Golden Duck In Cricket
  • Silver Duck In Cricket
  • Bronze Duck In Cricket
  • Diamond Duck In Cricket
  • Royal Duck In Cricket
  • Laughing Duck In Cricket
  • Pair In Cricket
  • King Pair In Cricket

  • Batting Hattrick In Cricket

A common thought for many young cricketers walking to the middle to start their inning with the bat must be ‘don’t get out first ball!’, especially with a peers filled balcony looking on. The word ‘don’t’ shouldn’t exist in any cricketer’s mindset, but far be it from me to challenge what a batter thinks when walking to the middle.


Getting out for a duck is one thing, but have you ever thought of how many ‘types of ducks’ exist? Of course, they are only labels attached to a batter that fails to trouble the scorer because 0 runs is 0 runs no matter what they’re called, but your teammates will gladly remind you, more so when you're trying to forget.

For the unlearned plenty that are still trying to understand our beautiful game, getting out for a duck in cricket means you have been dismissed without scoring any runs, and a big 0 will go against your name on the scoreboard.


The term ‘duck’ in cricket comes from the good old days when the 0 on manual scoreboards, such as Adelaide Oval, looked like a duck egg, more pointed at the top, wider at the bottom. Hence when people ask, ‘what did so-and-so get in their inning?’ you would reply ‘a duck’.

For those still learning about the game or you if you simply didn’t know, there are 8 types of ducks in cricket. I never wanted to score one duck, let alone 8, but here are the ways to give your teammates a laugh and the chairman of selectors reason for a long hard look:

Golden Duck In Cricket

Perhaps the most common and widely spoken by spectators, commentators, and players alike. A batter dismissed on their first ball of an inning will grant them a Golden Duck. We have seen far too many of these following Australian Cricket around the world since 1995 and they are never good unless it is an opposition batter of course!


I remember giving the South Africa crowd a big wind up about Steve Waugh, the best batsman in the world at the time, coming in to save the 3rd ODI in Cape Town 1997; Australia 2-25 chasing 246 to win. The great man was castled first ball by some hack called Rudi Bryson, and my night under the oaks was ruined. By the time Steve got in the shower, Australia was 4-25 but let's digress.

Silver Duck In Cricket

It should be no surprise that when a batter gets out on the 2nd ball of their innings, it is called a Silver Duck. This is a term I’ve never heard any cricket commentator of player say, though if you were the batter, you wouldn’t be in any position to say anything. It is more usually referred as a ‘2nd ball duck’.


Bronze Duck In Cricket

When a batsman is dismissed for a duck, without perhaps needing to say it, on the 3rd ball of their inning they will stroll off with a Bronze Duck. If you haven’t scored by the 4th ball, then the label you may need attached to your inning is 'boring'!

I shared this feature with a mate who replied, "I'd never heard of a Silver Duck or a Bronze Duck, but I'm pretty sure I've scored both of them!" 🤣

Diamond Duck In Cricket

The most horrible of all, a Diamond Duck is when a batsman is run out, timed out, or has obstructed the field without facing a ball. Mind you, you can be stumped on a wide and go to the showers for a duck without having faced a legal ball. Whether you call that a Golden Duck or a Diamond Duck is irrelevant to the scorers!

Royal Duck In Cricket

This is label is attached to opening batters when they get out in the first ball of the innings. England’s Alastair Cook kindly did this in the 3rd Ashes Test Australia vs England in Perth 2013 when Ryan Harris bowled him with one of the great balls of the century, or at least the greatest ball of that test!


Laughing Duck In Cricket

When batters gets out for a duck to end an inning it is known as a Laughing Duck. If you play for the Nepotists Cricket Club in London you get laughed at no matter when you score your duck, because playing for ‘The Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen’ is always fun! #PlayersWanted

A Pair In Cricket

When a batter suffers the ignominy of being dismissed for any kind of duck in both innings of the same match it is called 'a pair'. Australia’s Mark Taylor did this in the 1st Test Pakistan vs Australia in Karachi in 1994. Not a good memory, but he entered the record books again in 1998 for better reasons with his famous Don Bradman equalling 334* at the 2nd Test in Peshawar.

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King Pair In Cricket

If suffering embarrassment of a Golden Duck in the 1st inning of a match is not enough, getting out first ball in the 2nd inning of the same match will earn you a ‘King Pair’. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist endured the wrath of the India crowd when achieving this unwanted feat in the famous 2nd Test India vs Australia in Kolkata 2001. DRS technology would have shown the ball pitching 30cm outside leg (low-resolution TV replays show that) and Indian Umpire Bansal may not have done a lap of honour with the Indian Cricket Team!

No duck is good, so just get bat on ball and get off the mark!


Batting Hattrick In Cricket

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